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Safety alert - Asbestos in Polaris brand youth quad bikes

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Purpose

This safety alert is to warn of asbestos in components of some Polaris brand youth quad bikes.

Background

On 19 June 2017, Polaris Sales Australia Pty Ltd voluntarily recalled 12 models of youth quad bikes manufactured between 2000 and 2017 because some vehicle parts may contain asbestos (front brake shoes/pads, rear brake shoes, heat shield washers and various gaskets).

The recalled models are:

  • Scrambler 50, Scrambler 90, Predator 90, Outlaw 90, Outlaw 110, Sportsman 90, Sportsman 110, Phoenix 200 - front and rear brakes
  • Predator 50, Outlaw 50 - front & rear brakes and heat shield washer
  • Outlaw 50 – spark arrestor gasket
  • Sawtooth 200 - rear brakes only
  • Ace 150 - gaskets only.

Outlaw 110
Photo: Outlaw 110 (photo courtesy of the Polaris website, accessed 20/6/17).

Contributing factors

The use of all forms of asbestos has been banned in Australia since the end of 2003. This means that the import, manufacture, supply, sale and use or reuse of asbestos and products with any level of asbestos in them is prohibited for import or use, except under very limited circumstances.

However, in many countries asbestos is still used in manufactured products. Certification that goods are asbestos-free, which is provided to importers from overseas manufacturers, is sometimes found to be incorrect under our regulations. Some countries may classify goods asbestos-free where they meet a certain low level of asbestos content.

Action required

Available information indicates that these quad bikes do not pose a measurable health risk through normal use.

However, consumers should not perform any maintenance, repairs or modifications that may contact or disturb bike parts that may contain asbestos.

Polaris will contact owners about this recall through their Polaris-registered address.

Owners of vehicles other than the Ace 150 should arrange with their nearest authorised Polaris dealer to have any parts that potentially contain asbestos replaced, free of charge. Gaskets in Ace 150 vehicles will be replaced free of charge when normal in-service replacement is required.

Importers should be aware of the varying definitions and standards applied in the country of origin and/or supply. Australian regulations apply at the border. Importers and suppliers should also be aware that in some countries Australia trades with, asbestos is added to brake components for domestic use.

The importer must ensure they do not import asbestos materials into Australia and suppliers must not supply asbestos materials. Both importers and suppliers must obtain testing certification that the goods are asbestos-free.

Suppliers, including vehicle dealerships, should be able to verify to customers that the goods don’t contain asbestos. The cost of any tests or verification measures will be borne by the importer or supplier.

To reduce the risk of importing or supplying products containing asbestos, read the fact sheet Preventing goods or materials containing asbestos being supplied to workplaces in Queensland.

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